The UCLA Model United Nations Summer Institute, which will take place from Sunday, June 21 to Saturday, June 27, 2015, is a week-long intensive in-residence program for high school students who are interested in international diplomacy and foreign affairs. During the Summer Institute, students will take on the role of a diplomat, engage in independent research, debate a country’s position on one of the many committees of the United Nations, and become well-versed Model UN delegates. Unlike typical MUN conferences where teams of students from various schools compete against each other, often accompanied by their faculty advisor, the UCLA Model UN Summer Institute is primarily designed for individual students from across the United States and abroad to come together and hone their Model UN abilities during an intensive yet fun-filled week.
Students will be led by UCLA faculty and members of the Executive Board of the Model UN at UCLA through a series of workshops and lectures that will cover a wide range of topics and areas of study. From political science theory to the most pressing international relations issues of today, students will acquire the tools and knowledge necessary to become active global citizens. These lectures will also incorporate formal lessons on public speaking, and emphasize research skills that will benefit students for both MUN and non-MUN academic endeavors.